Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington
George and Martha Washington welcomed thousands of guests to Mount Vernon in the more than forty years they lived here. How did Martha manage to feed so many in a world without refrigerators, microwaves or running water?
Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons’ kitchen through the new exhibition, Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington. On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum, this temporary exhibition explores how foods were prepared and presented at 18th-century Mount Vernon. Before appearing in dining rooms, crispy hoecakes, smoked hams, frozen ice creams, and other foods required the work of gardeners, housekeepers, enslaved cooks, butlers and waiters – all under Martha Washington’s careful supervision.
Following food from the Estate’s field to kitchen to table, visitors will see recipes and cookbooks that Martha treasured, pots that simmered in her kitchen, and fine tablewares that made Mount Vernon’s dining room fit for a president. For the first time ever, visitors to the Museum will experience scents as they explore the exhibition - smelling cinnamon, coffee, and warm bread. Open through August 11, 2013.
Entrance to the Donald W. Reynolds Museum is included in regular Estate admission.
Historic Mount Vernon invites visitors to experience a unique side of Civil War history at George Washington’s home through a new walking tour, "Mount Vernon in the Civil War." Explore historic locations and listen to dramatic Civil War stories – from the life-risking efforts of the estate’s earliest caretakers to battlefield cannon fire rumbling the Mansion!
These special tours are limited in capacity and cost $5 in addition to Estate admission: $15 adults; $7 children (6-11); free for children 5 & under.
George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, welcomes thousands of Girl Scouts from across the country for special activities on June 10! The first 250 Girl Scouts to complete the Mount Vernon Historic Trail will receive a free patch. Girl Scouts can pick up the patch requirements sheet at the welcome desk in the Ford Orientation Center. The celebration continues at 11 a.m., with thousands of Girls Scouts taking a group photo featuring "Martha Washington", a 60-foot flag, and confetti streamers! Mount Vernon will have carnations for the Girl Scouts to lay at the Washingtons’ tomb all day. Make sure to visit the Food Court during your visit for a special "Thin Mint Brownie," inspired by the most popular Girl Scout cookie.
Approximately 100 original objects associated with George Washington – including the only surviving complete set of his famous dentures – will be on display at Gilcrease Museum when Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon opens on June 24, 2012. The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 23, 2012, goes beyond the iconic image on the dollar bill to reveal the real George Washington as not only a general and president but as a young land surveyor, experimental farmer, and savvy entrepreneur. Washington's views on religion and slavery, and the influence of his wife, Martha, are also explored in this exhibition which features life-size figures of Washington developed through a cutting-edge forensic investigation, engaging videos, original artifacts, intricate three-dimensional architectural models, and interactive displays.